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Cost Estimator

Requisition ID:  242083

Requisition Posting End Date: 11/05/2021


Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place.


Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers’ objectives to create a lasting positive impact.


We serve the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations. Core to Bechtel are our values – ethics, safety, quality, people, culture, relationships, innovation and sustainability, and our covenants – integrity, respect, collaboration, trust, and delivery. They are what we believe, what customers can expect, and how we deliver.



Bechtel provides good engineering, environmental, engagement and project management help to HS2 as a Delivery Partner across Phase 2b. We focus on the delivery of Hybrid Bills and advice to HS2's client, the Department of Transport, to assist her Majesty's Government in making investment decisions.

HS2 is a hugely important project for the country as it will generate economic opportunities for those communities and businesses between Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and beyond. HS2 will play an increasingly important part in the post Covid-19 pandemic recovery and this team is a key part of the engine to make this happen.


Bechtel has worked on the UK's largest and most complex rail projects including HS1, Tube Lines, Crossrail, West Coast Mainline and Great Western Route Modernisation. HS2 will add to this iconic portfolio. We share our client, HS2's values with Safety, Sustainability and Innovation, at the heart of what we believe; respect, integrity, trust and collaboration describes how we deliver.


This role has an anticipated start date of February 2022. It carries a part time tele-working status, which provide the opportunity to work from home part of the time and in the Birmingham office approximately 5 days per fortnight.


Cost Estimator - Assurance



1.1 Develops summary and detailed estimates for the estimating process across the company, providing accurate and robust figures to be used by internal and external stakeholders.

1.2 Takes a lead role in estimate assurances and reviews and presentations and provides and helps data and cost analysis



2.1 Key functions and responsibilities of the role:

2.1.1 Assesses estimates and provides input for detailed/bottom -up forecasting outturns against benchmarks, norms and current progress.

2.1.2 Incorporates best practice from industry estimating and related controls services to help  consistent best in class approaches and decision making.

2.1.3 Provide help to the development of programme wide models including (amongst others) indirect costs, whole life, and prelims.

2.1.4 Responsible for reviewing estimates from consultants and provides recommendation on OLE systems costs.



3.1 Degree in engineering, construction management, business management or related field

3.2 Knowledge of OLE systems, suppliers, products and costs.

3.3 Extensive knowledge of capital cost estimating

3.4 Demonstrated ability to readily analyse estimate data and correlate to other projects and to conceive the total project scope.

3.5 Experience  (minimum (8-12 Years) working with multiple estimating disciplines and a matrix organization including Construction, Engineering, Project Controls, Procurement, Contracts and Commissioning to collect all necessary data on scope and quantities to prepare accurate estimates

3.6 Must demonstrate advanced level of expertise in the use of MS Word, PowerPoint, Power BI and Excel, typically acquired through multiple years of experience.

3.7 Knowledge of engineering and/or construction management.

3.8 Strong Team working skills



4.1Makes estimating decisions through evaluation of scope (including OLE), contract, desired estimate type/quality and time/resources available.

4.2 Works within broadly defined guidelines, principles and policies providing an influential role persuading and advising others in achieving project goals. Some highly complex decision making is escalated to the Estimating Manager, or made collectively with input from Cost Analysts.

4.3 Makes decisions within the boundaries of responsibilities and accountability in role, within the central estimating team.



5.1 Limited budgetary responsibility and indirect impact on overall HS2 budget through route, station and depot design.



6.1 This helping role interfaces with internal stakeholders predominantly within HS2 Ltd.

6.2 This role is supportive to the central estimating team that looks at Business Intelligence, data analysis, inflation, material prices etc. they are the focal point for the business, both externally & internally.

6.3 The role helps the central application of systems and total cost stack reporting.

6.4 Relates to OLE Engineering functions to help decision making.



7.1 Take reasonable care to ensure your own and others’ health and safety – including those who may be affected by the delivery of this role – by taking personal responsibility for working to the HS2 S.A.F.E programme principles.

7.2 Cooperate with HS2 in all matters relating to health and safety, including following safe working procedures at all times and not interfering with measures in place to protect your health, safety or welfare.

7.3 Advocate and promote the company’s well-being strategy and policies.

Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

In accordance with Bechtel's duty to provide and maintain a safe workplace for our employees and to safeguard the health of our families, customers, and visitors, we have adopted mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols for each work location, which may include a vaccination or testing requirement. Please speak with your Bechtel recruiter to determine which protocols apply to the work location for the job you are seeking.